Washington State Looks to Give Ski Patrol Some PowerBy Rocky Thompson on January 25th, 2011
My friend Chris used to jump off the chairlift on the last run of every day and ski to the parking lot. The Ski Patrol would chase him down and take away his lift ticket in the parking lot. There was little else they could do in Upper Michigan. But that might not be the case in Washington soon. A state law would make it illegal to ski out of bounds at resorts, punishable with up to $1000 fine.
This could get ugly. While the ski patrol wouldn’t be able to hand out tickets, they could write down license plates or take IDs and hand the out-of-bounds skiers off the police for processing. While I applaud their efforts, I have to ask where they draw the line. What happens if someone touring nearby passes in and out of a resort? Besides, part of me would prefer that people who duck ropes occasionally get caught in an avalanche. It’s important to thin the gene pool.